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Terralta Apartamentos Turisticos
Ranked #40 of 192 Hotels in Benidorm
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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“Lovely holidays in peaceful apartments”
Reviewed 4 August 2009

As my original review of the Terralta aparments, posted in 2005, is no longer on the site, I've merged it with a later review to form this (rather lengthy!) new one.

We have stayed at the Terralta several times, and are planning to visit again in 2010. For a relaxing break, good-quality accommodation and a quiet location well away from the bars and clubs, it scores top marks.

The 1-bedroom apartment is a fair size, with a well-equipped kitchen area with a 4-ring ceramic hob, microwave oven/grill and a very efficient fridge-freezer. I enjoy cooking while we're away, and it was bliss having a fridge that actually kept things cold! The bathroom has a 4-piece suite with a shower over the bath, and there’s also a hairdryer mounted on the bathroom wall. There isn't much storage space (two tiny shelves), so not much room for wash things and toiletry bags. The balcony is a decent size, though a little cramped for alfresco dining, and only two balcony chairs are provided, regardless of the number of guests in the apartment. Cleaning of the apartments can be a bit erratic, though - there were long gaps with no cleaning whatsoever, then the maid would appear for two days in a row!

We didn't eat in the restaurant very often, but when we did the food was of good quality and came in decent-sized portions. It’s the usual tourist fodder – burgers, pizza, toasties, salad, but it’s reasonably priced and convenient if you don’t want to venture away from the pool at lunchtime. If you’d rather eat at one of the outdoor tables you can order a take-away from the bar, and if you're ordering drinks to take to the pool area remember to mention this to the waiters, as they will give you plastic glasses.

In addition to the Direct Holidays kids' clubs there's daily entertainment provided by the hotel's own 'animation team' which my two enjoyed more than the kids club itself. The entertainment room was a bit too smoky for our liking, so we didn't go in there much. Expect the usual parrot shows, flamenco, bingo, quiz nights etc. In the basement there's also a games room with pool tables, air hockey, table tennis, whack-a-hamster.

The pool area is lovely and quite expansive, with a large shallow end which slopes gently downwards; a 'mushroom' fountain is at one end of the pool and also a jacuzzi. There's a tiny splash pool for toddlers, and a covered pool at the back of the apartments which is recommended for adults only, as it's much deeper than the main pool and there isn't a lifeguard in attendance. The main pool has a lifeguard in attendance until 6pm.

The gardens surrounding the apartments are extremely neat and well maintained - a few palms, some orange trees, and the borders beneath the apartments are filled with rosemary, lavender, thyme and jasmine - very fragrant in the evening. There are some gnarled old olive trees and a grassy area beside the covered pool - you can use towels on the grass, but not sunbeds. Sunbeds around the main pool are free, and there are plenty of them so there’s no frantic 'laying down of towels' in the morning. Foam mattresses (very comfy!) can be hired from reception for 1 euro a day, though they also do special rates for longer hires. Each time we have visited, there have been a handful of friendly and very tame cats at the complex – not a problem for us, as we have a cat of our own and enjoyed playing with them, but I can understand how some people might object.

The onsite mini market stocks basics such as drinks, sweets, cheese, milk, ice-cream, tinned goods (mostly British) and a few sundries like beach towels and postcards. Unfortunately it doesn't have a license to sell fresh fruit and veg, but there is another supermarket at the bottom of the hill where you can pick up other bits and pieces. We found the quality there (and some of the 'Best Before' dates) a bit dodgy so if you want to stock up on fresh food it's best to head up to the top of the Avinguda del Rei Jaume 1 and along the Avinguda d'Alfonso Puchades where there's a big Mercadona. For fresh fruit and veg you can't beat the local market which takes place on a bit of waste ground just behind the apartments on Wednesday mornings. Turn right as you leave the apartments, then right again along the back of the apartments. Go over a small wall into a pine forest, down a slope, and turn right along a dirt track. The market is just a little farther along on the left.

As for the infamous hill – it’s deceptive - you don’t really notice it on the way down, but it seems to grow longer during the heat of the day when carrying heavy shopping bags back to the apartments! The walk into the old town is a leisurely 10-15 minute stroll, perhaps 20 minutes maximum with young children, though this takes longer and is admittedly more tiring on the way back.

As for Benidorm itself, it is always busy and bustling with people & traffic, but the beach is immaculate and stretches for miles, and the tapas bars in the old town are excellent. Our favourite is Aurrera - a noisy bodegón on the corner of ‘Tapas Alley’ which is very popular with locals. Don’t expect tourist fare here – the menu is in Spanish and there isn’t a chip or burger (or even a cup of coffee, for that matter) in sight – but for freshly made, authentic tapas and raciones it’s unbeatable. Any effort to converse in Spanish is very much appreciated by the staff, and the waiters are never anything less than charming, despite being rushed off their feet.

After reading all the recommendations here and on another similar website, we also ate at the Pato Laqueado (just behind the Parc d'Elx on the Poniente beach) and if you've had your fill of calamares and paella and fancy a Chinese instead, you won't be disappointed. Since our first visit we have returned to the restaurant many times, and it has become a firm favourite.

Hope this review is helpful if you’re planning to stay at the Terralta. We have had some lovely holidays there, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful stay with the beach within walking distance and the option of sampling the local culture in the nearby old town.

  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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glasgow
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

just back from 2weeks at terralta best holiday ever,pool fantastic,staff fantastic,cleanliness brilliant even pone box in car park got cleaned!!food in bar was nice prices were good if you go at happy hour 2 for 1 .youngest daughter loved anna she is great with all the kids and part of the hotel a visit to sherrys is a must food portions are good vast menu ate there about 8 nights out of 14 family 4 meal & dessert sangria and a few drinks 45euro kareoke with niki and pop quiz for shots excellent.chinese across from promenade is brill too very cheap with good portions spring rolls 1euro.old town is very nice totally spotless shops are very resonable for cosyume jewellery,bags,shoes grab a bargain,perfume is expensive and airport prices are the same as shops here.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Pontypandy South Wales
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Reviewed 22 July 2009

Stayed for 8 days,set in a quiet location in the residential area of Benidorm.About a 10 Minute walk to the old town for the hustle and bustle and 15 minutes to the edge of the Levante
Excellent,clean and well equipped apartments,prices in the apartments for food and drink were reasonable.Nice pool area and generally plenty of sunbeds.All the towels were removed from the beds one morning which helped people who did want a sunbed for the following days
Overall excellent value for money,this will suit families,couples even for a quiet or a busy holiday-Hotel staff were excellent,very friendly and very accomodating

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

This was the best family holiday we have every been on, the hotel staff where amazingly helpful, the kids entertainer anna was brilliant with our little girl who is 3, she kept her entertained all day and night. The restarant and bar staff where very nice and gave us a lot of free drinks and ice creams for the kids. the food was lovely and a reasonable price. they had excursions to all the best places at cheap prices. The rooms where very big and well decorated. I will defiatly be back there next year

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Perth
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

Arrived late on Saturday the 27th June very tired after driving from Alicante,as soon as I got to the Reception I knew this place was going to be good,the staff welcomed us in and got us up to the Apartment in no time.The pool was excellent for small children as it has a very shallow edge all the way round.There was the issue with "the hill" but if you wanted to go to the Old Town you could wander down and get a Taxi back later for around 5 Euros.If you decided to stay as we did on occasions as we have three Chidren then the entertainment at the Apartments was very good thanks to Anna the Children were also very well looked after for free.Would love to go back next year as the children loved it. Craig Morison,Perth.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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burnley lancs
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Reviewed 19 July 2009

All staff speak good english and are very helpful.The rooms are a good size.We had a room that was at the back and you looked at a wall but it was at least 20 feet away , no problem at all.Until 4 pm it was in the shade and then you could sit out on the large balconey area and you where in a good sun trap.The bus stops outside the hotel and is 1.25 euro to center of benidorm .Same bus back is a no8. If you want a taxi its approx 5 euro,good value.YOU must go to the viewpoint at the top of the hill in the old town its about 10 min walk from bus station

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

We booked these apartments because there was 170 rooms so not huge.
What a lovely hotel best we have stayed in.best in benidorm by far if you compare the size of the pool for the other hotels you see compared with the amount of people staying.Really clean, nice entertainment everynight we stayed. There was a slight hill to the apartments as stated by other reviews but in our opinion well worth it for the hotel!!.There is a market just round the back on a wednesday ask at reception they will guide you very helpful. Quite expensive for english stuff in benidorm so if you self cater bring tea bags etc.... If you go out to eat recommend the stretford end just go left out of the hotel follow the road down to burger king it is across the road, kids eat for 3 euro!! inc drink and icecream CHEAPER than burger king. Food great value HUGE!!! portions we would of only needed 1 portion of chips between 3 of us..
Food in the hotel really nice good value as well but beware drinks are really pricey if not happy hour.(8pm till 10pm 2 for 1)lovely hotel BOOK IT NOW!!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Terralta Apartamentos Turisticos
Address: Avda de Nicaragua 44, 03502 Benidorm, Spain
Region: Spain > Valencian Country > Province of Alicante > Costa Blanca > Benidorm
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Benidorm
#20 Family Hotel in Benidorm
#26 Romantic Hotel in Benidorm
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Hotel Class:3 star — Terralta Apartamentos Turisticos 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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